Ipswich trio making mark for Qld
THE QUEENSLAND under-15 boys team will have a distinct Ipswich flair to it when the national championships begin on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Noah Emmerson, Danny Young and Dylan McAteer were part of the Met West side, which advanced undefeated through the state championships late last year.
The boys were rewarded for their efforts with selection in the state team.
The talented trio will be coached by Ipswich/Logan Hornets assistant coach Aaron Moore.
Moore is entering his fourth year as coach and eighth in total with the U15 state side.
In that time, he has seen a procession of young Ipswich talent move through the ranks under his tutelage.
Moore believes the trio of Noah, Danny and Dylan have promising futures.
"Ipswich has continually produced players at this level,” Moore said.
"I can't recall too many teams we've taken away without an Ipswich kid in it.
"That is a good sign, we just need to keep fostering those young guys.”
Noah and Danny will open the batting for Queensland, as they did for Met West and will likely do for Ipswich Grammar School for years to come.
Moore said their impressive partnership was too big of an asset to ignore.
Dylan topped the wicket tally at the state championships and the Queensland coach labelled the St Edmund's College student "a real surprise packet”, admitting Dylan was a relative unknown to that point.
Impressive trial outings against the PNG U19s and multiple GPS First XI sides has Moore confident the team is in peak form ahead of Sunday's opening match against the Northern Territory.
The coach expects all three to play key roles for a Queensland side, which hopes to challenge for a place in the grand final in Brisbane.
"They've all really cemented their roles in the team,” Moore said.
"We are definitely capable of getting (to the final).